Vintage Stereo Receivers ~ Tuners ~ Amps

Hitachi SR-8010

Hitachi SR-8010 (1980) 50 WPC  $250


Marketed as "The world's most powerful 50 watt receiver" Hitachi's TOTL in 1980, the SR-8010 was an upgraded version of it's predecessor, the Hitachi SR-804, with the difference being the added LED meters instead of analog.

The SR-8010 is a beautiful, very well made, classic vintage receiver, produced in Japan. With the marketing nickname "Dynaharmony" (Class G) it's rated at a very conservative 50 watts per channel (nominal power at 8 ohms, 1kHz, THD 0.09%). The legendary Class G circuit in the high output stage prevents clipping and distortion and instantly boosts the secondary rails up to 100 watts per channel to handle momentary peaks in certain musical crescendos.
This series was the last of the powerful analog receivers from Hitachi.  The red LED digital meters for left/right power, signal strength and tuning are contained in two large windows above the analog FM glass that runs the length of the front faceplate.  Visually, the Hitachi SR-8010 makes a solid impression. 

It features a stunning mahogany finished hardwood case with sculpted vent slots and a gorgeous front panel made of thick satin finished aluminum. All the polished edge knobs and switches are also made of aluminum and have a very good feel and wonderful pressure points.

About Hitachi...

Unknown to many people, Hitachi (like Sanyo and Toshiba) were major Japanese tech firms that either directly built systems for other electronic companies or had Hitachi high end parts (like output transistors) inside the competitors products.   Class G is just one example of Hitachi's leadership in vintage audio technology. Power MOS FET amplifiers, R&P 3-head system cassette decks, Uni-torque turntable motors and gathered-edge metal cone speakers are just some of the others. There's a lot more.  Hitachi of Japan was one of the companies that made their own filter caps, transformers, etc...in-house.  They also supplied many other famous names with Hitachi-made components (like Pioneer, Sony, even Marantz used Hitachi parts.)


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Pioneer SX-434

Pioneer SX-434 (1976) 15 WPC  $135


The "young 'un" of the Pioneer family of fine receivers, the Pioneer SX-434 is a mid-70s stereo receiver that, at the time, supplied state-of-the-art technology to the tuner and integrated-amplifier. 

The fact that SX-series receivers are still widely used today speaks to their superior build quality.

Of course Pioneer was the premier name back then and advertised in every magazine that catered to those even remotely interested in HiFi...especially Playboy and Stereo Review magazines.  Pioneer would make it seem that if you didn't have a Pioneer setup, you just weren't hip.

The very cool SX-434 with its famous "Pioneer blue lights" has inputs for phono, aux, tape loop, plus switched and unswitched AC outlets. It is also possible to plug in a microphone and use the mixing circuitry together with a record, tapes or FM. 

Cosmetically, the face plate and wood cabinet are in near perfect condition - it almost looks brand new.

This originally sold for $299 - about $1,500 in today's dollars!!


About Pioneer...

Not much needs to be said about Pioneer other then the simple fact that the name is known worldwide for above average quality and excellence in high fidelity component design.  They were the unchallenged leader in stereo advertising and marketing in the 70's.  Back in the day, Pioneer made it clear that if you didn't have a Pioneer stereo system in your house (or college dorm) you just didn't have the right stuff.


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Fisher RS-2010
Fisher RS-2010
Fisher RS-2010
Fisher RS-2010

Fisher RS-2010 ('78-'80) 100 wpc  being serviced


The Fisher RS-2010 stereo receiver was on the market from 1978 to 1980 selling at a whopping $700 (that's the equivalent of $3000 today).  Weighing in at 35 lbs and conservatively rated at 100 watts per channel, it can handle 3 pairs of speakers and two turntables very easily...and then some.   The massive toroidal transformer and filter caps dominate the interior build of this monster.

Among its many features are: 

Two tape monitors, two phono inputs, one aux input, built in equalizer, equalizer on/off, filters FM MPX and subsonic on/off, mono mode on/off, loudness contour on/off, FM muting on/off, four meters (tuning/signal meters and both left/right power wattage meters). 

The front "panel logic" system is an illuminated, computer-like display that tells you at a glance what the receiver is set to do.  

The gorgeous silver faceplate with its solid aluminum knurled knobs and sliders is in excellent condition.  Likewise, the walnut case is near flawless.

As with all of our gear, the following was done: 

All controls and switches were checked and cleaned.  The FM stereo circuit was adjusted and works perfect.The RS-2010 has an incredible 21 different dial, meter and function lamps that were all checked and replaced where necessary.   All inputs and outputs tested and are working just fine.  Additionally, the power supply voltages were checked and the AM/FM section was aligned and the stereo is perfect.   The left/right balance is spot on regardless of whatever input/output is being used.

Although there is movement in the meters, replacement meters are being located and, at that point, the RS-2010 will be available.  

A copy of the owner's manual and a full color copy of the original RS-2010 brochure is included.

This is truly one beautiful, very powerful piece of vintage history.   

Fisher CA-880 integrated amp (1981) 100W x 2  $210


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This Fisher *Studio Standard CA-880 integrated amplifier is a strong, well built, well respected chunk of power built in-house by Sanyo at a time when they owned the Fisher brand.  

This CA-880 beast is definitely not the usual "rack system" amp that was so commonly found in department stores.  

It's rated at a minimum 100 watts per channel RMS @ 8 ohms with a very good 0.09% THD.  A noted review online clocked one of these CA-880s at 114 watts per channel @ 8 ohms.  

Two huge brightly lit vue meters provide accurate power readings for left/right...line/mic mixing input...black satin faceplate with white silk-screen lettering make this a real visual beauty.  

The Darlington power modules have been replaced and the unit has been retrofitted with a beautiful real hardwood walnut case.


*Note: 
The Fisher "Studio Standard" series were developed by Sanyo after they took over the flailing Fisher brand in the 70's.  Of course the name "Fisher" is synonymous with high fidelity leadership since the 60's when Avery Fisher turned the audio world on its ear with his early tube units (like the famous Fisher 500C and others).  Alas, all things must end, Avery Fisher sold his company and, over the years, the brand has both flourished (to some) and floundered (to others).  It's generally agreed that most of the Studio Standard gear made by Sanyo (from the mid-70's to early 80's) is well made.


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Technics SA-400

Technics SA-400 (1978) 45 WPC $220 (mint)


As the late 70's were becoming a slice of heaven for HiFi lovers, the market was bursting with fine receivers and the Technics SA-400 is one of those great mid-range designs . 

Not only does it perform well but it has the looks to go with it.  

Manufactured from late 1978 to around 1980, it's rated very conservatively at 45 watts per channel.  

The signal and tuning strength meters are pure analog...one of the last before the changes hit the market and digital started creeping into the scene.

As with all our restored beauties, this SA-400 is in excellent cosmetic and working condition.  

The balanced layout of the knobs and switches along with the white dial face make the Technics SA-400 a clean and sophisticated looking unit. 

The knobs are done nicely with a brushed aluminum top and sides with a polished accent line along the outer top edge.  

In low light, the SA-400 looks fantastic when lit up in a dark room.  

This is a great receiver for anybody.  Search the net and you'll be hard pressed to find anyone that dislikes this receiver and it's brethren the SA-200, SA-300, SA-500, SA-700 and of course the monster SA-1000. The SA-400 falls in the middle and perfectly combines performance with aesthetics.

Technics SA-5360

Technics SA-5360 (1977) 40W x 2 $175 (mint)


The Technics SA-5360, at 40 watts per channel was right in the middle of the pack in the SA series in the late 70's.  

Beautiful walnut case, twin vue meters, light blue FM dial that turns soft white when powered on.

Thanks to the excellent interior build, the SA-5360 can easily handle two pairs of speakers...plus aux, phono, tape inputs.  

This was the last of the brushed aluminum face from Technics because, in 1978 they went to the smooth aluminum.  

Also, the ribbed, real aluminum knobs and switches are a touch of class. 

One of the easiest vintage receivers to service and very reliable, great build, very popular vintage receiver.


About TECHNICS / MATSUSHITA / PANASONIC
Founded in the 1920's, the huge Japanese conglomerate Matsushita had interests in many electronics companies.  The most well known would be Technics and Panasonic. Technics was introduced as a brand name for premium loudspeakers marketed domestically by Matsushita in 1965.  Eventually, Technics became a premium brand bringing classics like the SL-1200mkii turntable and the absolute monster receiver at the top of the list: Technics SA-1000 (330 watts per channel)


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Mitsubishi DA-R7

Mitsubishi Medallion DA-R7  (1982) 33 WPC  $225 (mint)

While they might not be the best known maker of high fidelity stereo gear in the 1970's, by the late 70's and early 80's, Mitsubishi of Japan did make some very nice stuff indeed.  

Considered rare and powerful beyond its rated wattage, this unique, mint condition Medallion Series DA-R7 receiver is very well built and should be considered a rock solid anchor for most any stereo system.  

What's also very cool is that Mitsubishi continued to utilize analog components at a time when most other manufacturers had, or were, switching to digital displays. 

Among its many cool design features are the rack handles,  distinctive hemispherical tuner dial and beefy steel faceplate that gives it a very handsome and industrial look.  

The beautiful rosewood veneer case is just the right finish to describe the DA-R7 as a unique and gorgeous piece of excellent Japanese vintage design history.

It's easy to forget that the DA-R7 is very conservatively rated at 33 watts per channel (8Ω) and yet it will easily drive two pairs of speakers with lots of punch and panache'.  

The frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz is delivered via all inputs and outputs in a clean, noise free manner.  And, with a THD (total harmonic distortion) of a very low 0.01%, it's right up there in build quality with many of the other well known names at the time. 

This classic stereo receiver by Mitsubishi of Japan is definitely one of the best looking units we've had to date.

The DA-R7 supports A&B speakers, one turntable, one auxiliary component, and two tape decks.  There are two switched and one unswitched power outlets on the back and a built-in AM antenna with capability for an additional AM antenna as well as a standard 300ohm FM antenna.


About Mitsubishi Electric...

The origin of Mitsubishi in Japan dates back to the late 1800's.  The company and most of its affiliates, with the exception of Mitsubishi Electric, were dissolved after WW2.  Eventually the parent company was restored to become the global giant it is today.  Among the many companies under the current Mitsubishi corporate umbrella are Nikon (cameras).

Mitsubishi Electric, the powerful electronics division, has been deeply tied to the history of the development of modern Japan. The Electric Division was founded in 1921, when Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. (now Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.) spun off a factory in Kobe, Japan that made electric motors for ocean-going vessels into a new company called Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

Mitsubishi/MGA branded stereo and high fidelity gear were, collectively, very strong competitors during the 70's.  Besides well built receivers, turntables, speakers, etc, there were many other private label pieces sold through various HiFi shops, department stores, etc.

You would think that such a prosperous and gigantic company like Mitsubishi Electric would have advertised as much as their main competition (Pioneer, Sansui, Yamaha, Sony, etc) but...they didn't.  Consequently, the vast majority of people (correctly) think of Mitsubishi as a car company and don't include them when it comes to vintage stereo gear.  Maybe they should consider thinking differently... 


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